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Not Rated.

38 Ratings
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%
Taps: 27
Bottles: 50
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

254 W Grand River Ave
East Lansing, Michigan, 48823-4212
United States
phone: (517) 351-2506

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Reviews by Biere:
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Crunchy's is by far the best beer in the Lansing area, and perhaps mid-Michigan. Indeed it is a college bar, but it is actually on the edge of downtown East Lansing, just outside of the core downtown E.L. bar scene. The nice thing about this location is that parking is usually not a problem, with a long row of metered spots directly behind the bar and a large metered parking lot just down the street if that is full.

Depending on when you go, the crowd is actually a good mix of college students, locals, and beer geeks from across the area. Sure, if you go on game-day or late on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night during the school year then it will be almost all college students and possibly a line to get inside. However, there is a good after-work crowd that consists of a good mix of people and almost never too crowded (the only exception to this is near the end of the semester when the occasional bar-crawl comes through). Its not completely uncommon to spot families earlier in the day, especially on weekends.

Although Crunchy's is a college bar, don't let that make you think that they don't have a strong focus on microbrews, especially Michigan micros. They host monthly "brewers nights" with breweries such as Founders, Bells, Sierra Nevada, Dark Horse, New Holland, and many others. They always have rare and limited-release brews during these events.

I have been a patron for nearly ten years, and the best thing about Crunchy's is the selection on the 30 or so taps. They don't carry 20 plus macros/imports with a handful of micros like many other "beer bars" that have that many taps or more (i.e. Old Chicago). In fact, the only "constants" they always have on tap are Miller Lite, Labatt, Labatt Lite and Guinness. The other 22 or so taps are constantly changing micros, and not just flagship brews from various micobreweries. They often have specialty and limited release beers on tap from many breweries (and not just on the fore-mentioned brewers night). For example, they are one of the few places in the area to get KBS on tap the last few years (they also had Blushing Monk on tap when that came out). Their website publishes the taplist at any given time, and I give them much kudos for keeping the list up to date!

Service can be hit or miss but pretty solid for the most part. Some servers really know their beer, while others can seem a bit clueless. Plan to wait a bit if they are really busy or if you sit outside on the patio. The bartenders are very knowledgeable if you sit at the bar. Although there have been a few times where I didn't have the fastest or nicest service, I have never had someone act rude or screw up my order/check.

Food is actually pretty good for bar food IMHO. Burgers are good, and so is the pizza. Their "nugs" (fried dough) are also tasty. Prices are pretty good (it's a college bar) but the specialty brew prices have definitely increased over the past few years. That said, you can still get a pretty good burger and fries for $5 and a mug (25oz.) of Founder's Centennial for about about $5.50 during happy hour.

Biere, Sep 12, 2011
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For over two years Crunchy's was my go-to bar as a student at MSU (I miss it dearly). With a great selection of beer and an awesome dive bar atmosphere, its hard to find anything much better in the area.. Did I mention you can order a mop bucket full of beer?? =)

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Crunchy's in East Lansing, MI
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